Most city racegoers probably wouldn't be aware that each Saturday in the bush in Qld there are 5 or 6 country clubs in towns with a population that you could count on the fingers of one hand running race meetings ......Stamford is one such place where yesty there were 5 races mainly worth $8.5K with the main race $10K won by Bush Caviar a runner up in the Battle of The Bush at Doomben at his previous start...
Other non TAB venues yesty were Barcaldine 5 races worth $7K with the main one $10K .....Charleville another 5 races for $7K and one for $10K..... Oak Park had a two day meeting Friday and Saturday with higher prizemoney $14K with the main worth $20K while on Friday the main race was worth $17K...... there were 4 races at Warra for $7K and Wondai had 5 for $7K each and there's the TAB clubs Doomben , Gold Coast, Rockhampton and Toowoomba all raced yesterday with better prizemoney.
A look at Stamford.
We discussed that on the Qld racing thread some time ago Arsenal.
Queensland is certainly unique in this sense. This is next weeks meetings
With the introduction of the Point Of Consumption" tax (POC) might be time to revisit these question.
Lets compare Qld to Victoria - everyone always compares to NSW so let's be different
There are 9 meetings next Saturday in Qld vs 2 in Victoria.
There are 9 meetings for the whole week in Victoria compared to 15 in Qld.
The questions I delivered were met with very emotive responses which I can understand being a country racing fan but the responses left the questions unanswered.
The questions were along the lines of:
- How much prizemoney is spent on non TAB meetings in Qld compared to Victoria?
- Would some of this prizemoney be better spent on a more centralized model (note the term "more centralized" - doesn't necessarily mean sending the money to the city)
- Would a model whereby one or two new major racing centres in country Queensland and concentrating racing in those centres deliver a better return on investment, and allow those who want to become "professional country industry participants" a better vehicle to achieve that?
- Are there too many non tabbys?
- What effect will the POC tax have on Qld racing, especially country non TAB racing?
These are very tough questions and you'd expect emotive answers. But the inescapable fact is that non tabbys do not have a separate income stream i.e. there are no racefields fees and certainly no "Point Of Consumption" tax.
Balancing that on the other side of the coin is the fact that if you make radical changes then that affects people's lives.
And there is also the political angle. If RQ were to remove some of the non tabbys and either shift them to Monday, or make them TAB meetings or scrap them altogether, then what would be the political fallout? Conversely are votes being "bought" by paying the premium it costs to maintain so many non tabbys.
The sort of metrics you need to come up with are things like
- average amount of prizemoney earned per horse per state
- breakdown of this figure into amount earned per TAB meeting and non TAB meeting
- amount delivered back into the system per horse through race fees and POC, broken down into TAB vs non TAB meetings
The Victorian figures would be impressive.
But we must remember that the unique geography of Victoria whereby Darren Weir can send horses to Mildura does not exist in Qld.